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? if so, you are probably over 30. plus, i'm sending a letter to senate majority leader harry reid on what washington can do for children. and nerdland is in washington. >>> good morning, i'm melissa harris-perry. this morning, we are live in washington, d.c. as preparations are under way for the second inauguration of president barack obama. and while the public ceremony and celebration will take place on monday, the official swearing in as mandated by the constitution will occur tomorrow morning. chief justice john roberts will swear in the president in a brief ceremony at the white house just before noon and msnbc will bring it to you live tomorrow. president obama will retake the oath with a 52% approval rating according to the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. after the last inauguration, the economy is not if a freefall, and universal health care is not a political platform, and the united states is not bogged down in multiple international wars, and the girls have a dog. look, president obama is go gin to enter his new term with with a new ad jen da already under a bright
proposals that pass the senate. well, what did harry reid say last weekend about voting on any bills having to do with gun legislation? they are not going to vote on anything unless they know it can pass the house. here we are, stalemate. >> exactly. >> back to you, no, over to you. neither one of them -- and this is what makes the nra's bizarre decision that they did today, the risk -- right now, harry re reid's the best friend they've got, and if they figure out a way to alienate senate democrats who have carried their water before with the stunt they pulled today with this bizarre web ad, they are going to live to regret it long term. >> one other thing about the nra, wayne lapierre said in part, barack obama, joe biden and their gun ban allies want to bully you, strip you of your second amendment freedoms. i warned you that day is coming, now it's here. then a call for greater membership, which is exactly what's happening. nia malika, the battle is now joined, not a battle either side wanted to engage in during the presidential campaign. we just went through a two-year campaign, where e
at least that harry reid is not going to make his democrats who are up in 2014 walk the plank on a tough gun vote. so the house guys are saying look, we'll take it up when reid passes it knowing full well there's a small chance that larry reedye harry reid is going to pass a robust bill. if you saw some of the comments this past week from senators like max baucus, mary landrieu, mark begich who are up next year, you see why a lot of the house republicans are sort of smiling and saying we'll take it up when it comes over from the senate, wink, wink. >> gene, i guess it's going to be quite a while before i download profiles of courage volume 2 from the united states senate? >> i think it's going to be a while. look, it's been a month since newtown. and i think it's -- i think you make the case, it's unconscionable to do nothing, right, until the next newtown. i think there's a resonance out in the country. i think people get that this is something we really need to address and get it on an emotional level. but no, you're not going to be reading the updated profiles in courage out of the se
onboard is bipartisan. majority leader harry reid describing the prospects for immigration reform in the months ahead. >> it is going to be first thing on our agenda. the -- majority, every senate, lists their top ten items. immigration is the number one item. we are going to do immigration. they are now -- agreed tentatively on a path of citizenship which is the big stumbling block. we may be able to come up with a bipartisan bill quicker than you think. >> it is going to move fast. bottom line big deals happening in congress on a bipartisan basis when there are people on both sides who stand to benefit. in this case republicans in congress and republicans nationally immediate immigration reform. perhaps even more be the democrats do. that's why paul ryan jumped onboard. he and marco rubio won on this. that's a big deal. >>> stalemate over spending. president obama says he won't negotiate on the debt limit. is the government shutdown inevitable? greg waldon, a member of the leadership, he joins me on that issue and more on whether his party has primary problem. we will ask him ho
. what has harry reid rand democrats done in the senate? absolutely nothing. how many days since they passed a budget? >> 1,357. >> 1,357 days since democrats have passed a budget in the united states senate. >> let's talk about that lack of leadership so many people have criticized the president for not reaching out and being a leader and bringing in republicans to really get to know them on every level so they can perhaps negotiate a deal. president obama took a moment to address the criticism within the beltway he hasn't spend enough time developing personal relationships with members of cog. >> most people who know me know i'm a pretty friend lip guy and i like a good party. personal relationships are important and obviously, i can always do a better job. the nice thing is now that my girls are getting older, they don't want to spend that much time with me anyway. i'll be probably calling around looking for somebody to play cards with me or something because i'm getting kind of lonely in this big house. >> a quick search, just for the record, shows over the president's first
to convince harry reid a democrat from nevada and also a pro gun democrat to bring a bill up. but he has indicated in some local press back in nevada that he's not going to do that any time soon. he said the first thing on his agenda is to bring up immigration reform. so after the president is inaugurated, if you will, they are going to probably move to some wrap up stuff and then go straight to immigration reform. the question is when will the senate go to it. also leader reid said he won't move anything that can't get through the house. the house is controlled by republicans. and they are mostly pro gun caucus then it sounds to me like the senate won't take up the issue of gun safety or gun control any time soon. so we'll have to wait and see what kind of pressure the white house puts on their own democratic leaders. >> as we heard earlier, obama and members of his administration will be launching a campaign style push on this issue in the coming weeks. why is public support so key? >> basically, the president has the bully pulpit and that's someone no one in the senate or house, they
majority leader harry harry reid said one of his biggest regrets is not reforming the filibuster. the president announced he was considering major changes to the rulings. reed wanted to change the rules by requiring filibuster senators to occupy the floor and speak if he want to delay legislation. now, however, as we approach the deadline for making the decision, it seems like senator reed maybe backing away. the senate is currently in recess until tuesday and when they return they'll have to make a decision, whether to make good on genuine reform of the filibuster. a watered-down compromise that many say doesn't go far enough. this is one of those reformers. senator john udall. and the executive director of the democratic national committee. thank you both for being here. >> thank you, great to be here with you, chris. you started covering this very early. >> senator, you just sat down and i said this morning before this interview i looked at the notes that i transcribed from the interview i did in your office on 2011 on precisely this issue which was the last time it was with y
aren't the ones blocking this. the democrats aren't the ones -- >> speaker reid, harry reid, the leader of the senate, he's all on board for this, right? just want to make sure. >> i think leader reid is fine with it. in fact, they put out a statement supporting what the president did today. >> in two years, republicans and democrats are going to be measured at the ballot box. a lot is going to happen but the biggest thing that is going to happen is we're going to have time to see what works. not more false promises. >> nothing works, alex. >> is the president, for example, going to start enforcing the laws that we already have? his attorney general doesn't want -- >> cookie cutter -- >> why is the nra and its supporters so much more effective politically than the other side in dealing with this issue? >> poke be with me with a stick. money. >> why are there democrats -- and the antigun types, they have a lot of -- >> no, they are not. i'll give this to my republican friends. they are always better organized on the issues like this and they raise the money and the nra is effective in sc
against it. in fact, the senators, chuck schumer and harry reid and those who signed that letter, they all voted against the debt ceiling too. now, how does obama come away with that kind of history and accuse the republicans of shutting down the government and demonizing them? how does he do that? >> well, i think there's a long history of partisan hypocrisy and deal making on this deal. what we see obama doing is trying to take control of that political fight so that those who would get political advantage by say voting against raising the debt ceiling which tends to be popular. people -- you know, the american public, they hear debt ceiling and they think no, let's not do that. that sounds awful to give government more money to spend. he's trying to turn it around. but it absolutely is a dynamic that he exemplploited when he w senator. >> robert costa, let's look at this for a minute. republicans have a tricky situation. because the country does not want us to default. and this whole business of managing accounts and prioritizing, there's 80 million payment accounts. i know the interest
harry reid, the democratic leader in the senate, and those senators i just mentioned all signaling that the assault weapons ban is not likely to get through and will vote against it. will it be a success for the president if the assault weapons ban doesn't pass? >> i'm not going to predict what may or may not happen. the president put forward a package and has taken actions on his own on mental health and background checks but legislative proposals that will protect our kids and gun safety. we don't expect it all to pass in its current form but think there's elements that are critical. i think there will be a big spotlight shone on this. i think the american people are paying a lot of attention to this debate. >> and he will twist the arms of democrats? >> we will twist them, democrats and republicans, engage the american people and at the least have votes on this in the house and senate. i'm confident some of the measures you mentioned, universal background checks i think there are enough votes -- >> that could be the trade-off democratic senators vote against the assault weapons
in 2010. it didn't pass because harry reid and president obama didn't want it to pass. they wanted to raise the specter of a default to use. so, chuck, you and i could make news right now on national television, would you agree to support the full faith and credit act and take the possibility of a default off the table? >> i support the mcconnell proposal. let us raise the debt ceiling. no strings attached. and if the president can raise it as he should be able to and if congress wants to reject it 2/3. the mcconnell proposal is a good republican proposal. i hope you support it. that's the way to go. >> a bill that says regardless of what happens with the debt ceiling, the united states will never default on the debt, would you support that or not? >> i support the concept. i'd have to look at the bill. the best way to do that is the mcconnell act. >> we may have just made news. >>> last week, general colin powell was here worried about a dark vein of intolerance in republican quarters. you are part of a stream of new faces in the republican party, minority faces and voices in the
's dialogue. >> the bottom line is that harry reid is concerned about asking democratic members, especially in red states to walk the plank on a sensitive issue like this. >> reporter: that's exactly it. a lot of people look at harry read and know that he is from a pro gun state. he's in nevada. he's a gun owner himself. but it's not necessarily about his politics or personal advocacy for guns. it the political reality that never mind the republicans, democrats, a lot of democrats who are in vulnerable, political situations right now may not want to do anything until, unless they think it can actually get to the president for a signature. >> dana bash at the capitol, thanks so much for that. >>> a spokesman for the national rifle association tells cnn there's been an unprecedented spike in membership. about 250,000 new members have signed up. for more on the challenge president obama faces on pushing comprehensive gun reforms through the congress, i'm joined by chief political analyst gloria borger. when you look at this in a nutshell, the question arises early what is better to sort of put
which is controlled by the republicans. >> harry reid only expressed luke warm enthusiasm for pitching this to the senate, but something will happen there. paul steinhauser, thank you very much. >>> 43 minutes past the hour. so you screwed up at work and your boss decides to cut your salary in half. it's happening to one man. but you might not feel so bad for him when you find out who he is. that's coming up. >>> and folks, if you're leaving the house now, watch us any time on your desktop or mobile phone at cnn.com/tv. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. >>> a lot going on this morning. christine romans here with the top stories. >>> americans and other foreign nationals being held hostage in algeria. islamic militants attacked a gas field near the country's border with libya, tar ggeting foreign employees who worked the
red state senators in the senate, harry reid extremely cool to this proposal as well as pat leahy, a democrat who will take his time and look this over. i think that this is going to end up being dead on arrival in congress. they're going to get very little done here. the only thing you'll see is executive action. >> but the thing is, if you step back and you look at what the american people want, there's a separate "washington post" poll that shows the majority of americans support bans on assault weapons, limiting assault weapon clips, and background checks at gun shows. these are the things that president obama will suggest today it has nothing to do with taking second amendment rights away. >> the people also want the economy to be taken care of first, spending to be taken care of first before you get to these issues. the devil is in the details here. when you talk about an assault weapons ban, what does that mean? when you're talking about magazine clip restrictions, does that mean if you go from ten bullets to seven bullets, will somebody go out and buy two, three guns to re
among them, senator harry reid, the senate majority leader, really not that eager to get involved with this. and we'll see if the comprehensive bill ever comes to a floor vote. >> let's talk about things that did get passed. the president was able to pass health care legislation at a time when he had both houses of congress in his corner. he does not have that now. how does he go about skirting the gop-run house to get something passed? >> i don't think he can skirt. he's going to have to deal with them, engage with them. i would take an issue with my colleague on the gun thing. the president wants to -- his legacy is going to be based upon jobs. if he's going to be a greater president, it's about creating jobs. this gun thing, he didn't look for this issue, it came to him. that's what you do as a great president, you have to seize the moment of the day. that's what he's doing on guns. i think the democrats and republicans will come with him. but at the end of the day, barack obama will be a great president if he turns this economy around. >> susan, you as a republican, the gop is
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